• #Winning Canadian Society and Social Class. An old social class may disappear and new Technocratic Class will begin by creating new opportunities for Canadians.

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  • #Foreign
    Since foreign relation is closely related with economy,atleast much satisfation regarding the refusal of
    scottish referendum for independence by 10% difference.

    It does not matter name of any country,trouble makers in the developing countries continue troubling all the time and it never ends.It always reflects the system of developed…[Read more]

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  • http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/09/14/michael-den-tandt-justin-trudeaus-weak-spot-only-made-worse-by-his-lack-of-a-platform/

    This guy has OTW been the best of the MSM small c conservative journos covering JT – more often right than wrong imo, for what it’s worth.
    I think he’s got a point here – although i have no idea whether there’s…[Read more]

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    • There are 399 days until the election (assuming that Harper does not once again break his own rules and drop the writ before the fixed election date). At the very least, the conservatives are not likely to call an election until after they get to introduce their “deficit-free” budget in the spring and to offer their shiny beads that go with that.…[Read more]

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      • I don’t disagree with that, or even with the jist of TH’s piece…but is it enough as we get nearer E day? Certainly i agree with all the comments here that don’t fix what aint broke. Indeed JT ought to keep on marching to his own drum – why not, it’s working?
        But i think the point MDT is making is that at some point, particularly for PCers…[Read more]

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        • It certainly won’t be “enough” once we get closer to the election – I agree. And, yes, it is all about timing.

          Both the cons and dippers (I think) would love nothing more than for JT to jump in with a big target on his back … but we need to be especially careful. This next election is going to be a tough one. Mulcair isn’t going to go after…[Read more]

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      • I would think if he went off his fixed election date it would be later, not sooner.

        If my hunch is right, we would be releasing policies that could be stale and out of touch in two years. Giving the current government a big advantage.

        Personally I can wait for the campaign to begin. It did not start yesterday.

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    • Ken, Really when you think back to the conservatives platforms, did they ever put any “windows and doors”on anything. Job, jobs…growth, growth, lower taxes, accountability and transparency . No real details to how they where going to achieve that. Even when, they pass those short sighted bills, “details to follow,” which never really come in…[Read more]

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    • I can see the point that Mr. Den Tandt is trying to make, but I don’t think that revealing our platform is the way. The fact is that Mr. Mulclair is trying a gambit. He’s trying to expose platform in order to paint himself as ‘different’ and somehow better than us. Of course, the facts that his central planks smack of 2011 rehash and come…[Read more]

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    • I think we have most of the windows & doors in. What we need now is the furniture.

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  • http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/3786494524001

    Don’t like to post Ezra here, but this guy has mental health issues, no?

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    • is irrelevant.

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    • The scary thing is that there are people out there that actually support what he is saying. It is a complete joke and displays the desperation of the Conservatives and how low they are willing to go.
      We need to take a lesson from this and never allow ourselves to engage in such a discourse. We cannot allow others to make us compromise our values…[Read more]

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    • I think we need to rise above the likes of Ezra and present an agenda about how a Liberal government would work with the oil and gas industry to mitigate the CO2 impact of the industry while also focusing on the development of a clean energy industry in Canada. The likes of Suncor already have investment in green energy – a Liberal policy that…[Read more]

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    • I agree Ken, Ezra has shown signs of instability for a while now … must have been off his meds that day.

      The thing is … all I hear is a jealous man, jealous of Pierre, jealous of Justin.

      Now the question is … is he jealous because he wishes beautiful brides would ask him to kiss them on their wedding day? Or … is he jealous because he…[Read more]

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    • The topic of his next show.
      ”Kissing bandit exposed to Liberal insiders”
      … thanks for the post Ken, should be entertaining.

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  • Ahmed Chams posted an update 1 week ago

    http://m.democracynow.org/stories/14642

    Good interview by former Israeli soldier.

    While the Gaza massacre was taking place, our party remained silent and continually showed support for Israel.

    The scars of the massacre are still with the Gazan people as a humanitarian crisis is ongoing.

    Now that more evidence is surfacing about the crimes…[Read more]

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    • I’m not expert, but it seems to me that at the very least a balanced position ought to include condemning rocket attacks into Israel, and a simply recognition of Israel’s right to exist…anything less would be a joke and not justice either. An honest broker ought to not be afraid to speak truth to all sides.

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      • Agreed, but the position of the party has failed to speak truth to all sides.

        Keep in mind that Palestine ceases to exist on the map and Israel’s Likud party does not recognize a sovereign Paledtinian state. So if there is going to be any balance, a statement supporting palestines right to exist and condemning the illegal occupation and…[Read more]

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        • Is it a fact Likud does not support a two state solution? I wasn’t aware of this.
          Seems to me Likud is a big part of the problem; but they don’t exist in a vacuum. I simply don’t understand the tactics of Hamas [that many Palestinians seem to at least tacitly support] that Israel can be terrorized into concessions. There are some cold hard…[Read more]

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  • #FIPA

    It is difficult to reconcile where the party stands on FIPA right now. The last things that I can find that I consider even distantly trustworthy are on Facebook from a year or so ago. Apparently some private citizen wrote Justin’s office and got a response as linked at:…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 4 days, 15 hours ago

    Regarding Trudeau’s lack of policy, he should just say he wants to look at the books first because his policy will have to depend on the ”true” state of Canadian finances but that the fundamental thrust of his policy will be social equality.

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  • #internationaltrade
    I dislike the lens with which these agreements are fashioned. I think it is imperative that the international companies be subjected to a human rights code to recognize the citizens right to govern their affairs, to entrench and protect basic life items as food , clean water, cleaner air. Without those rules, all we create are…[Read more]

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  • http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/09/15/andrew-coyne-justin-trudeaus-great-run-put-to-the-test-as-focus-turns-to-policy/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    This is a better column than MDTs. Unlike MDT I’m pretty sure Coyne doesn’t suggest JT needs to change strategy at all, but it is a heads up, and contains a pretty radical bit of…[Read more]

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    • Ken, the next elections is about whether Canadians want Canada to continue down the road we are on, under the Stephen Harper conservatives.
      A majority of Canadians don’t want that. JT and the Liberals from today forward, have to convince Canadians they are the only ones that can stop Stephen Harper.

      Really, their only task is to convince people,…[Read more]

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  • #QP
    Has anyone been watching question period today? I was very impressed with the improvement of Trudeau in asking questions. He is much more confident. Sounds more like a politician without attacking the way the cons do.

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  • Kannan Nair posted an update 1 week ago

    #Foreign
    Will Scotland be free from UK?Previous opinion polls are like ,there was no chance of partition, but now opinion polls are supporting partition and referendum is on 18th.
    Now all the political party leaders including Prime minister are campaigning to educate Scottish not to support independence.
    England, Scotland, Wales and Northern…[Read more]

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  • Len Rosen posted an update 1 week ago

    #environment-2 Who is Tackling Climate Change Best? It turns out based on the Climate Action Tracker Scorecard, it’s the Maldive Islands. Canada gets an “Inadequate” as does China and the United States But our “inadequate” is worse than the other two because the record indicates our GHG emissions will actually go up by 2020 by 3.3%. China,…[Read more]

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  • Richard posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    What’s the thinking on this bill?

    http://www.leadnow.ca/reform-act/

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    • For my personal observation, I’d say that point number 2 resonates. The idea of a caucus having the ability to trigger a leadership review makes sense. It is after all an internal process which causes the leader to come under scrutiny, usually duly so, if such a trigger were successful. It doesn’t guarantee that said leader will end up deposed,…[Read more]

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      • Kevin, I asked the question, because quite frankly, this bill, not only seemed wrong to me, but, frankly, an unproductive Bill.

        Thanks for your comments.

        Why I don’t think the party system, (at least, the way it works in the 21st century) is good for democracy, that is what we have.

        Point #1,2,3, really, don’t the PMs have that power now, if…[Read more]

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  • #Bonnie Crombie
    Bonnie represented the Mississauga/Streetsville riding in Mississauga until 2011. She is now running for mayor or Mississauga. I am asking that anyone in the area support her in her quest to become mayor. Bonnie is one of the most devoted, caring, and honest people I have met in the political arena and am honored to say I support…[Read more]

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  • #winning Clear Ideas Win Every Time.

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    • Only to the logical among us.
      Harper won with the fear factor. What we as the liberal party have to do is show Canadians how we would be different.
      If a surplus is announced in February then every party will have a chance to say how they would use this money. The liberals have to show Canadians that we are better at finance than the other 2 parties.

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  • #Winning Campaign
    Liberal party must come up with clear ideas to win the next Federal election campaign.

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    • It is to early to state their ideas or platforms. You must understand with todays technology the info would be sitting out there for the next 13 months. By the time the election came around people would think everything Trudeau said was old and rehashed.
      A few ideas just after the budget in February and some more before the summer break will be…[Read more]

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  • David Wood posted an update 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    #renewal Just did your Summer Poll. Don’t like the idea of making it a law to vote. It sucks! Too negative.
    Suggest something different. People who vote should be sent a voucher for $50 which is not cash to them but can be signed over to a registered charity of their choice. The money could be taken from funds that the federal budget already…[Read more]

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    • I used to think it was going too far, too much of a nosy, pushy imposition by govt to force a person to vote. But i think this will fly with many people. It is a duty and there is an option to tick off none of the above, or even spoil your ballot. Not voting is also a choice. Some make it because they really are disengaged with govt[ probably…[Read more]

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    • I would agree that the notion of mandatory voting runs a bit counter to the spirit of many laws here in Canada. I definitely wish that we had greater electoral engagement than we do, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came…[Read more]

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      • “…, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came about”

        Guess i’m just argumentative today, but…the threat of jail time and or fines[ even though it pretty much was never used] did in fact deter people from not filling in the LF…[Read more]

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        • I agree, but I think we would be wise to look at other alternatives such as taking away a non essential service/ benefit.
          We need to renew health cards, drivers licences and other things every few years for our own benefit. If we don’t, we lose those services or rights.

          What if we lose the right to file certain tax returns if we don’t register…[Read more]

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          • Sounds a bit harsh to me. Just has to be a symbolic fine surely.

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            • It might be, but a fine forces people to pay for not doing something. Voting is a right, not a compulsory act that needs to be enforced through a fine.
              Taking away eligibility for a tax credit is directly linked to our civic duty to vote and participate in the electoral process.
              You renew your passport In order to travel, if you don’t, you…[Read more]

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              • That’s sounds awfully close to paying someone to vote. I still think folks will grumble at a small fine for not voting, and most will vote anyway. But if you start threatening to take away civic rights…i would not go there personally.

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                • It’s not paying someone to vote and is less imposing than fining someone for not voting.

                  I know that it feels like that, but it is comparable to so many other ways in which we provide services/ benefits.

                  I think that the 40% of people that don’t vote will be less resistant to this than being fined.
                  I just find it hard to justify a fine for…[Read more]

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    • I seem to recall some in the party thinking about a small reduction in your taxes if you have voted. This would be taken off the actual income a person declares.
      Don’t remember where I heard this but it was about 1 year ago.

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    • I definitely DO NOT support mandatory voting. In my opinion I have a right to not vote. And I have a right to not show up at a polling station to assert my right to not vote.

      The bureaucracy and policing of fining people would be ridiculous. What if I’m sick? Called away suddenly? What if I simply don’t care? You’re going to try to legislate…[Read more]

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      • It seems to be working in Australia…has for many years. I imagine after a while it becomes a duty again rather than just a choice.
        As i said i had similar reservations to yourself – i can’t stand the idea of a petty bureaucrat ordering me around; my hackles get up even when the local dog catcher knocks on my door. But a true libertarian would…[Read more]

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        • I’m afraid I do not agree, Ken.

          Whether there is a “none of the above” option is irrelevant. I’m still being forced to do something I have every right to not do. And what exactly is the point of forcing people to spoil a ballot or choose “no one”? How does that help anything? How does that get us a better government or country?

          I find it…[Read more]

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          • You make a good argument, but it has worked in Australia by most accounts – http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/compulsoryvote.htm – there’s even an argument made here that you are actually forced to show up to vote, since its a secret ballot and there is no way to know if you have in fact voted. Another link i looked at made the…[Read more]

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            • I’m still not sure what you mean by “it has worked in Australia” … What, exactly, has worked? What is the goal here? Simply to get a higher voter turn-out? Why is that necessarily a good thing?

              Why is it a good thing to get more uninformed, non-politically interested people, to vote? How does this help create a better government? Or a…[Read more]

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              • Look at it this way[ and this is just my own opinion - i have no data] One of the principle objections to MV is that it forces at least another 20 -25% of the pop to vote.[or at least turn up] Many of these folks have either no interest and or understanding of the issues.
                Frankly i think that misses a very big point. We can assume from the…[Read more]

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                • To extend that thought…first implementing some of the democratic reforms JT has proposed [ and looking closely at hose of folks like Ratheberger] is a perfectly rational view to take. If those measures start to get people back to the polls it’s fair to question why MV would even be necessary.

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                  • Agreed. Let’s see what the voter turnout is in 2015 (I have a feeling it is going to go up from 2011).

                    Then let’s see what effect Justin’s’ “new approach to politics” has in the following election (assuming the LPC wins in 2015).

                    Then … if the turnout continues to drop (although I think it was actually slightly up in 2011, wasn’t it?)…[Read more]

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                • Maybe I’m stupid but I just don’t get it. I don’t understand what you mean by … will it “work”. For something to be deemed as “working”, we would have to know the goal. Is it simply to be able to say we live in a country where 90% of people (are forced) to vote? How does that help the country? How do we get a better government from this?…[Read more]

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    • Perhaps instead of mandatory voting, why not make “none of the above” a valid choice on all ballots for all elections from Elections Canada. As it stands, an abstention is possible, but I think you have to go through a song and dance. If those “None of the above” were to be counted, it would be a great way of measuring voter discontent. …[Read more]

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      • I guess the underlying question is: are voters really staying away because no one is offering them what they truly want, or are they just too apathetic to care anymore? Not that cut and dried of course.But short of adopting PR[ and the turn out in PR systems isn't a hell of a lot better than ours] where a voter would get exactly what they voted…[Read more]

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        • Forcing people to vote is a bad idea. Enlarge a program under Elections Canada to introduce high school students to voting. Civics classes should be part of education. There are other positive ways to encourage interest in elections. Canadians would balk at a forced vote. Remember the gun registry.

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          • I think JT is on the right track. Get out among the people (especially the younger demographics) and talk about what is going on in Ottawa.
            Give out suggestions for change and than listen to the feed back. Lot easier to do when you are the third party leader without so many parliamentary duties. (Hats off to his wife, who must feel like a single…[Read more]

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          • II would hope the party would put it to a referendum first in any case.

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    Let’s say it costs $100,000 to run a full blown campaign. You only need 250 people to pony up $400 each to raise this amount OR, on a 4 year election cycle, you only need 63 people to contribute $400 per year for 4 years (or just 32 couples).
    What happens then is that the government pays out $75,000 to the contributors plus $60,000 to the campaign…[Read more]

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